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of interviews for "60 minutes," steve kroft and i asked about their medicare plans. >> what i won't do is take governor romney and congressman ryan's recommendations to turn medicare into a voucher system which would dump more costs on to seniors. what i'm not willing to do is to pay for another tax cut for folks like you and me by cutting help to young people to go to college or basic research that might end up providing cures for debilitating diseases. that's not a recipe for growth and we can reduce our deficit, including making some smart decisions on medicare in particular, where we're focused on lowering health care costs by reforming how health care is delivered but we don't need to be voucherizing the system to dump those costs on to seniors because, frankly, they can't afford it right now. >> pelley: there is a lot of rhetoric about medicare. what do you intend to do? >> well, i don't want any change to medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement. so the plan stays exactly same. >> pelley: make sure i understand. the idea under your plan for future seniors wo
will be strong enough to reshape the race. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: jim, thanks, good evening. both these candidates are looking at the polls, mostly in the battleground states. and they're all eyeing this debate, both eyeing this debate on wednesday. picture it, mitt romney side by side with barack obama. this is what challengers want, to be literally on an even keel with the incumbent president and 60 million americans could tune in. prominent republicans said today, it's huge. they're setting up for the debate in denver. one of mitt romney's biggest backers sounds upbeat. >> every time he's been challenged, in one of these situations, and had a debate, he's come forward with an outstanding performance. listen, i plead guilty to having confidence in the guy on wednesday night. >> reporter: but romney trails in every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he's got to show how his policies connect to that caring. and he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better
to their decision about who to vote for. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> thank you. >>> a freelance american journalist who disappeared in syria eight weeks ago is now seen in a video clip posted on youtube. his name is austin tice. he is a former marine from the houston area. his stories were published in the washington most and the mcclatchee newspapers. in that video he is in the cuss different masked arld men. he is blindfolded. he appears frightened. the state department officials say the captors have taken steps to make it appear he is being held by extremists but they believe he is in the custody of the syrian government. >>> a u.s. border patrol agent was killed and another injured overnight in a shooting in arizona. a third agent was not injured. authorities say the three were investigating an alarm triggered by a sensor along the mexico an border. this is the first border patrol ent to be killed in two years. the last shooting prompted the congressional investigation into the gun smuggling operation dubbed fast and furious. >>> there are new clues in the d
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